Details

Reviews of scale model detail sets.

Mig-23 Flogger B Air Scoops

Published: October 12th, 2010     
Mig-23 Flogger B Air Scoops
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Quickboost

Like most Soviet aircraft of their era, the Mig-23 and Mig-27 have dorsal air scoops over the engine compartment to provide auxiliary cooling. These are large scoops and are quite noticeable on the real plane. The only 1/48 scale kit of these aircraft is the 1980's era Italeri (ex-ESCI) kit, and ESCI broke out from most of the kits of the era and molded the scoops open. While this is better than many kits, the opening is simplistic, it is molded in two halves so there is a seam to clean up, and the scoop is not quite right in shape. Quickboost again steps in with another simple aftermarket set to correct these deficiencies. Rendered in resin are two crisply cast and highly detailed replacement scoops. The shape and detail is superb; it even captures the splitter plate inside!

F-105D Cockpit

Published: October 12th, 2010     
F-105D Cockpit
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/48
Company: Aires Hobby Models

A welcome release from Aires is a resin cockpit for the 1/48 Monogram F-105 which provides and alternative in resin and PE over the other cockpits on the market. Even with advent of the Hobbyboss kit, many the Monogram/Revell F-105 still a nice alternative and is in some ways more accurate. So it is nice to see more aftermarket sets coming out for this kit. While the kit plastic is nice, this detail set is far nicer and will really give the cockpit a more prototypical look.

WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks

Published: October 11th, 2010     
WWII USN Ladders and Gangplanks
Reviewed by: Charles Landrum, IPMS# 26328
Scale: 1/700
Company: Lion Roar

I was intrigued by the title of this PE set when I was notified by John Noack of its availability and was very excited when it arrived. You would think that a set titled "WWII USN Accommodation Ladders and Gangplanks" would not stir the imagination, after all accommodation ladders are available in other sets. But I have never seen gangplanks offered anywhere. It is a subject often neglected by PE manufacturers - "how do you get on and off a ship." Well, this PE set is the answer.

There is a lot of detail and options packed into this small set:

A6M5 Exhausts

Published: October 11th, 2010     
A6M5 Exhausts
Reviewed by: Fred Amos, IPMS# 6672
Scale: 1/32
Company: Quickboost

The latest release from Quick Boost is a complete set of resin exhaust tubes for the 1/32 scale A6M5 Tamiya kit. Once again the quality of the molding is flawless, no bubbles, or pin holes and the only flash is between pipes where there are more than one. I strongly suspect this is intentional for added strength while being shipped and handled. The resin is the light blond color we have become accustomed to. And of course the ends of the pipes are hollow.

As can be seen in the photos of the packaging, each pipe is numbered and each number is referenced to the Tamiya part number that the part replaces.

If you have or anticipate getting a Tamiya 1/32 A6M5, you will want these exhausts to enhance the detail of the kit engine.

I can highly recommend this set.

Spitfire Mk. IX Exhaust

Published: October 11th, 2010     
Spitfire Mk. IX Exhaust
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Quickboost

I have acquired a few Airfix Spitfire Mk IX's recently and found the Quickboost product to be a sound rendition. The Airfix Spitfire provided the common standard issue flared or fishtail exhaust. Now with the new Quickboost round exhaust for the Spitfire Mk IX it is now possible to make other variants. Many post war variants used the simpler round exhaust such as Belgium and Dutch machines. Also many Mk IX e used these exhaust also. It would be a simple matter to relocate the wing gun blisters and re-position the cannons to the outboard. This will enable you to make make post war Mk IX e in Czech, and the above mentioned liveries using the round exhausts.

The Quickboost exhaust fit perfectly to the Airfix cowl and can be used as direct replacements for the kit exhaust. Also I was pleasantly surprised that with a little trimming these exhaust also fit the Hasegawa Spitfire Mk IX c as well. I recommend this latest Quickboost update for the Airfix Spitfire Mk. IX without reservation.

Thanks to Quickboost and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this sample.

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